About Sol

The June 1st, 2004 rising of Marimba Sol de Chiapas is the evolution of the group started by Dr. Laurence Kaptain in 1988 as Marimba Yajalón--the first professional folkloric music ensemble of its kind permanently-based within the United States and calling Kansas City home since 1991. Committed to the authentic performance practice and spirit of the marimba heard throughout Mesoamerica, Marimba Sol de Chiapas (which translates as The Chiapan Sun Marimba Group) maintains an active schedule of performances, recordings, and multi-cultural workshops.

Sol is a Missouri Arts Council and Mid-America Arts Alliance-approved Touring Performer with more than thirty years of ensemble highlights ranging from a feature on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and a cameo appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, to performing at the art world’s premier event of the Americas—Art Basel Miami. From performances at three International Festivals of the Marimba and events hosted by the Mexican Consul of New Orleans celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain and Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, to several Compact Disc recordings—including Sol’s upcoming release Sunrise. So authentic is their interpretation and approach that the ensemble has toured Mexico on numerous occasions as guests of the Mexican Government.

Dedicated to community as well as art, Marimba Sol de Chiapas is a teaching performance ensemble for Kansas City Young Audiences with well over forty years combined in-school presentation experience. One of Sol's specialties is their bilingual(Spanish/English) in-school program: The Musics of Mexico, that takes students on a virtual musical tour of four of Mexico's best-known regional musical styles. Through a multimedia presentation (no special equipment required--the program is completely self-contained) that seamlessly integrates prerecorded music, a dazzling visual presentation, engaging commentary with extensive audience interaction and sparkling live musical performances, the rich culture, history, language, geography, and music of the United States' closest, yet often very distant neighbors "south of the border" comes alive!!!

With an emphasis on enriching as well as entertaining their audiences as they share the magical music of the Mexican marimba with listeners in a variety of local, national, and international venues and formats, Marimba Sol de Chiapas is available for your events and special occasions, including:

- Concerts

- Parties

- Conventions

- Fundraisers

- Master Classes

- Receptions

- Festivals

- In-school Programs

- and more!!!